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Do you have a minute?

August 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Prayer

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Do You Have a Minute? Minute for Prayer The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches that “Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.' But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or ‘out of the depths' of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer. Only when we humbly acknowledge... Read More

What is the essence of Catholic spirituality? I of II

August 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Catholic Spirituality, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I still struggle with keeping things in perspective. Would you therefore kindly explain what is the essence of authentic Catholic spirituality, i.e., irrespective of whatever tradition one follows (Ignatian, Carmelite, Opus Dei, etc.), and also what are the essential elements of the spirituality. Also what is the relationship between Catholic morality and Catholic spirituality. This question is harder to answer... Read More

What constitutes grave sin; how to know if I may receive Eucharist?

August 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortal, Sin

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I was told that receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist while in a state of grave sin is a grave sin in itself. I'm constantly worried about whether I am allowed to receive Communion at Mass, and I do make sure I go to confession monthly (or more often). My question is this: How grave must a sin be to have to abstain from the Eucharist? A group of us have discussed this and we got to the idea that you can receive communion if... Read More

Confused about contemplation definition, can you help?

After reading some modern writers and Saint Teresa of Avila I am confused about contemplation. It seems like there is some confusion or lack of concern about definitions. When I read one writer it sounds like contemplation is something I can get to by following a series of steps (breath, sit, repeat) and then when I read St. Teresa she seems to be talking about something completely different. Can you help me understand what true... Read More

The Better Part in its 4th Printing and iPhone App!

August 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, General

The Better Part Dear Friends – Just in case you were out on vacation and missed it – here it is again with a significant correction (sorry for those who have already seen this) – please help us spread the word! I am very excited to provide you with an update on one of the best prayer resources available today, and published by Catholic Spiritual Direction in several new formats including a new iPhone App pictured... Read More

How can I Become a Spiritual Director?

August 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, Training and Education

Dear Dan, how does one become a spiritual director? Are there any courses or programs or certifications required? I really believe I am supposed to help people in their faith but how can I make sure that I am really called to do something like this? When thinking about spiritual direction my mind is drawn to the incredible responsibility it is to have another soul placed in my care. No one in their right mind would want to have... Read More

Is Curiosity Bad? I have an endless appetite for information

August 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Curiosity, Fr. Bartunek, Studiositas (Learning), Vice, Virtue

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Dear Father John, Many spiritual writers and saints have cautioned against excessive curiosity. Why is this? Curiosity leads to knowledge and knowledge is a virtue. So how can curiosity be bad? I am very curious and love to learn about anything and everything. God's great universe is endlessly fascinating and the more I learn and experience, the more reverence I have for God the Creator. So… is curiosity only bad when it... Read More

How can I increase strength of my will to resist temptation? II of II

August 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Spiritual Development

I would like to ask you for a piece of advice. Since my will is not so strong as it should be; what are the exercises to practice that important element of spiritual formation? In our first post we talked about some of the foundational ideas required to begin an effective effort toward strengthening our will. In this post we will talk about a few secrets and tips to making solid progress. The Secret of a Schedule The best tactic... Read More

Overwhelmed: joy, encouragement, & a measure of sadness

August 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

So, this is what happened. We were out of questions and decided to ask you for more. Then, I asked you for feedback on how we have served you. Wow! We just can't keep up with the flood of questions, blessings, “thank you” notes, prayers both in email and in response to the “Are we helping” blog post… I remember starting this effort in 2008 and wondering if it would ever help anyone. Since then,... Read More

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